Prime Minister Narendra Modi today\u00a0visited the historic Pagoda temple here and the stilt house where revered leader Ho Chi Minh lived, apart from enjoying\u00a0fishing with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Addressing Buddhist monks at the temple, Modi said Vietnam\u00a0was an inspiration for everyone to shun violence and follow\u00a0Buddha's path of peace and harmony. "World should walk on the path of peace that brings\u00a0happiness and prosperity, while war only brings transient greatness," the prime minister said. "The advent of Buddhism from India to Vietnam and the\u00a0monuments of Vietnam's Hindu Cham temples stand testimony to\u00a0these bonds," Modi said. He said the India-Vietnam ties were 2,000 years old. Modi emphasised that his visit to Vietnam - the first by\u00a0an Indian premier in 15 years - was to "nurture a relationship between our two societies and nations." "These cultural bonds reflect themselves in many ways. Most prominently, in the connect between Buddhism and the\u00a0monuments of the Hindu Cham civilization," he said. "Some people came here with the objective of war. We came\u00a0here with a message of peace which has endured," Modi said. Modi said Buddhism, which took the sea route, travelled to\u00a0Vietnam in its purest form from India. He invited all the monks to visit India - the land of\u00a0Buddha - and especially to Varanasi "which I represent in the Indian Parliament." He said he is fortunate to visit the Pagoda temple after\u00a0first President Rajendra Prasad in 1959. The Quan Su Pagoda, also known as Ambassador's pagoda, is\u00a0said to have served emissaries that were sent from Champa and\u00a0Laos to Vietnam in the past. The pagodas - a Buddhist heritage\u00a0and popular toursit sites - are at the heart of Vietnamese\u00a0Buddhism and are a precious treasure of Hanoi. The pagoda is said to have served emissaries that were\u00a0sent from Champa and Laos to Vietnam in the past. Earlier today, Modi visited Ho Chi Minh's stilt house at\u00a0the majestic presidential palace. He was accompanied by Premier Phuc and thanked him for his generous welcome. "Earlier this morning, you made the special gesture of\u00a0personally showing me Ho Chi Minh's house. Thank you, Excellency, for extending me the privilege. Let me also\u00a0congratulate the people of Vietnam on their national day that you celebrated yesterday," he said. The stilt house was the residence of Ho Chi Minh from 1958\u00a0until his death in 1969 and is located inside the majestic Presidential Palace in Hanoi. Modi also congratulated the people of Vietnam on their\u00a0national day yesterday and laid a wreath at the Monument of National Heroes and Martyrs of Vietnam located across the Ba\u00a0Dinh Square, across the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. "Homage to indomitable will of a leader. PM @narendramodi\u00a0pays respects at the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. Beginning with\u00a0the memory of Vietnam's Martyrs. PM @narendramodi lays wreath\u00a0at Monument of National Heroes & Martyrs," Swarup said in a\u00a0series of tweets. Earlier today the prime minister was given a ceremonial\u00a0welcome at the palace as he became the first Indian prime minister to visit the communist nation in 15 years. "For people of my generation, Vietnam holds a special\u00a0place in our hearts. The bravery of the Vietnamese people in gaining independence from colonial rule has been a true\u00a0inspiration. And, your success in national reunification and commitment to nation building reflects the strength of\u00a0character of your people," Modi said. He said India believed in sharing knowledge, experience\u00a0and expertise with other developing countries. "The Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute, is a prime\u00a0example of the enormous impact of our cooperation.India helped\u00a0set up the institute in the Mekong Delta, sending agricultural\u00a0experts and training its faculty in India," he added.